Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, the distinguished Buddhist philosopher, peace-maker, poet, photographer, literary scholar and educator was born in Tokyo, Japan on 2nd January 1928. He established Soka University (Tokyo), Soka Women’s College (Tokyo), Soka University of America (USA) and Soka School (Brazil). His Soka school system comprises of Primary schools, Junior and Senior High Schools and Kindergartens in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong.
The Soka University, Tokyo, Japan was founded in 1971 with the mission to provide quality education that nurtures humanity and peace. It emphasizes on close interaction between faculty and the students, to facilitate the learning and growth of student in a holistic manner.
The Min-On Concert Association, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and Boston Research Centre are some of the other institutions established by Dr. Ikeda. Even as these institutions promulgate Dr. Ikeda’s ideas regarding promotion of peace, culture and education worldwide, Dr. Ikeda actively involves himself in initiating and maintaining cordial relationship with educational, cultural and political leaders around the world through the form of dialogue.
Dr. Ikeda has met many of the world’s leading thinkers, policy makers and scholars like Nelson Mandela, Linus Pauling, Roza Parks, Mikhail Gorbachev, Chinese author Ba Jin and Brazilian journalist and human rights activist Austeregesilo de Athayde. The interaction he had with these leaders has been published in the form of dialogues .It includes Choose Life (with A. Toynbee), Dawn After Dark (with A. Peccei), A Lifelong Quest (with L. Pauling), Dialogue between citizens of the world: On Peace, Human Kind and the United Nations (with N. Cousins) and Spiritual Lessons of the 20th century (with M. Gorbachev). Being a prolific writer, he has published numerous books in Japanese and his works have been translated to more than 20 languages.
Dr. Ikeda has been honoured with various awards such as the United Nation Peace Award, the Poet Laureate Award of the World Poets Association and the Kenya Oral Literature Association Award. This illustrious leader has been honoured by India too on several occasions. Dr.Ikeda was conferred with the honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Delhi in January 1999, praising him as “one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century”.
On 15th October 2000, Dr. Ikeda was presented an honorary degree of Doctorate of Letters by Bundelkhand University, Uttar Pradesh. He was also awarded the title of Lifetime Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Purvanchal University, Uttar Pradesh in January 2001. In 2002, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Bharathidasan University of Tiruchirapalli, TamilNadu. He is also the proud recipient of Jamnalal Bajaj International Award of the year 2005 for promoting Gandhian values outside India. As a mark of respect for its eminent leader, on its 50th graduation ceremony, the Soka University, Japan conferred him with his 250th doctorate.
His laudable service to humanity has been recognized and appreciated by various educational institutions all over the world. There are more than 400 cities in the world which has awarded him with honorary citizenships and he has received more than 355 Honorary Doctorates and Professor Emeritus from various overseas Universities.
The notable among them are:
- Academic honour from University of Massachusetts
- Honorary Doctorate from Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Amazons.
- Honorary Doctorate from Konyang University, South Korea.
- Honorary Professorship from Dalian Maritime University.
- Honorary Doctorate of of Humanities from the University of Southern Mindanao.
Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women deems it a great honour to have such a legendary leader as its Honorary Founder and as the proud inheritors of the hoary Ikedian tradition, let us dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of the ideals of our magnanimous founder, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda.
Honors Conferred upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda